Monday, January 14, 2019

Friendly Fire on Xoxigar Secondus

Xoxigar Secondus

After a lengthy warp translation, the men and women of the 382nd Tallarn (Desert Raider) Regiment finally made it to the Xoxigar System. Other Guard regiments were in the System; the shattered remains of two Valhallan Regiments had taken up post on the frozen world of Xoxigar Prime - little action was expected there. The 222nd Guaiacan Commando Regiment was already in the thick of the fighting in the Jungles of Xoxigar Tertium. The Tallarn were earmarked for Xoxigar Secondus. There had been little fighting there, so far. They were being sent to bolster the planets PDF and Skitarii Legions and protect the vital installations of the forge world.

The travel to the planet and shuttling dirtside took too long, but the troops of Tallarn were happy to stand on solid ground and see the sky - though the air wasn't much of an improvement...

The 5th Company was stationed in the Southern Hemisphere, near vital promethium refining facilities and were set to patrolling the sprawling brownfield that surrounded the region. It reminded them much of home; dry and desert like, great patches of utterly toxic wasteland. Husks of long deserted communities. Word had come down from above that Ork landings had been confirmed on both Xoxigar Secondus and Tertium, and Tyranids were confirmed to have landed (in small numbers) on Xoxigar Tertium - but they were to maintain their vigilance and keep an eye out for ANY xenos presence.

On this day, Lt. Anwar Al’Saphira of First Platoon, 5th Company, was making an initial reconnaissance patrol of his platoons area of operations. He took out two squads and had support from the regiment's Mounted Reconnaissance Squadron and a tank from #2 (Arkan) Troop, 2 Squadron 451st Tallarn Tank Regiment. There was not expected to be any enemy presence in the area. There was not expected to be ANYONE in the area - it had been depopulated ages ago, and was therefore a Free Fire Zone. If they ran into anyone out there, it wasn't likely they'd be friendly.

As Lt. Al'Saphira approached an abandoned village - not even marked on his map - he received a panicked signal from the mounted patrol. They claimed to have spotted hostiles approaching the village from the other side. They were shrouded in some strange mist or smoke, but the patrol leader claimed he had spotted soldier shambling along in definitely non-human-like gait. He was quite certain they were the "Nee-Crones" he had read about in his Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer.

There had been no indication in the intelligence briefings that there had been any Necron activity on this planet, or the system, or even the sector! Al'Saphira scanned the horizon with his magnoculars and sure enough he spied grey metallic monstrosities shambling towards the village - and his patrol. He had his missile teams fire a couple of long range shots to keep their heads down and rushed towards the village!


The scenario we played was the "Patrol" Narrative Scenario out of the main rule book - as it seemed to best fit the narrative for this little encounter.


This was actually a league game for the Hunters of the Warp league here in Saskatoon - the current league - that's just started at the beginning of the year is an escalation league - first two weeks are 500 points, next two weeks are 1000 points. AS the league just got underway, we were playing with 500 points.

Tallarn Patrol 

Lt. Al'Saphira (Company Commander - Warlord - Bellowing Voice), Bolt Gun 31 points

First Squad  – commanded by Sergeant Burhan
Sergeant with Plasma Pistol, Frag Grenades, and Sword
Guardsman with Grenade Launcher
Guardsman heavy Weapon Team with Missile Launcher
6x Guardsmen with Lasguns and Frag Grenades
63 points

Second Squad – commanded by Sergeant Bashar
Sergeant with Plasma Pistol, Frag Grenades, and Sword
Guardsman with Grenade Launcher
Guardsman heavy Weapon Team with Missile Launcher
6x Guardsmen with Lasguns and Frag Grenades
63 points

Command Squad – 4x Veterans with Lasgun and Frag Grenades  - 24 points

Roughriders Squad (10) led by Sergeant Wazir – Attached from Regimental Mounted Company - 100 points.

Leman Russ Punisher Tank #223– commanded by Sergeant Erakat
Punisher Gatling Cannon, 3x Heavy Bolters
166 points

Total: 447 Points

Adeptus Mechanicus Patrol

Tech Priest
Skitarii Rangers (10?)
Skitarii Vanguard (10?)
Sydonian Dragoon (3)
Onager Dunecrawler (1)



Lt. Al'Saphira  rushed his troops up to a low wall at the edge of the village. Hostiles could be seen climbing ruined tower at the other edge of the village. first squad started taking fire from them right away - though the fire was initially infective.


The sound of heavy foot falls could be heard comping around the south side of the village and great billowing clouds of smoke and dust could be seen riding above the buildings to the right. Al'Saphira figured this was some sort of xenos armour and his troops would be safer taking cover in the village and let the tank deal with the enemy armour!


As first squad made their way up the street the fire from the snipers in the tower became more intense and two of the Tallarn soldiers went down as casualties. A second group of hostiles was spotted entering the village through a gate opposite the central square - their fire was even more intense and deadly - the remaining members of the squad were all cut down as they tried to dash for cover in the narrow alley.


 The Second Squad arrived and quickly moved up to support the Lieutenant and his command squad - who were now feeling quite exposed!

The Roughriders also made their appearance and immediately charge the giant grey-metallic, Xenos  monstrosities they had spotted flanking around the south side of the village.

They managed to take down one of the monstrosities and severely damage a second... But then the entire patrol was cut to shreds by a vicious counterattack!


The Hostiles in the village square poured fire down on the building Lt. Al'Saphira and his squad of four veterans had taken cover in. The fire was heavy and accurate - all four of his guard were injured and put out of action by this fire...

Second squad moved into the building and tried to bring fire down on the xenos scum in the middle of town, but their fire was wholly ineffective. The square was filled with a foul-smelling smoke and it was hard to get a bead on one of them. When they did, it was like their las blasts just bounced right off their armour. The unstoppable horde of robots surged forward - truly, these MUST be the frightful "Nee-Crones" they had read about in the Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer!


Their supporting tank finally made it's way to the village and poured fire down on the large two-legged monstrosities... but failed to take even one of them out! (seriously - TWENTY rounds of punisher gatling fire, nine rounds of heavy bolter fire... two wounds...). The tank was then savage by some arcane xenos weaponry


The Horde of Xenos Atomatons swarmed the Lieutenant's position and mercilessly mauled his remaining squad - not one was left standing...

At that moment Lt. Al'Saphira heard his Company Commander calling over the vox-caster; "Hold Fire! Hold Fire! There is a patrol of Mechanicus Skitarii in your AO - We believe that may be who you are currently engaging! They were to meet with you for a joint patrol, but the regimental staff forgot to pass on the info!" It seemed the Skitarii had received the same message about the same time through their own chain of command as their assaults stopped immediately, and they retired back to the edge of the village...

Checking on his casualties, he found one of his command squad and five others from the two squads of his platoon had been killed outright. Seven were severely injured and required immediate medical evac. The rest were all wounded, but only needed minor patching and would be able to make it back to the Forward Operating Base on their own. The Roughriders were a different story. nearly all of the horses were killed or needed to be put down, only two would serve again. Four of their riders were killed and three others were evacuated along with the Infantry. The other three limped back with their remaining horses. Two of the tank crew were also evacuated with grievous injuries. The rest of the crew thought they might have to sit and wait for an armoured recovery vehicle to come and tow them back to base, but conveniently the mechanicus were almost as good at fixing stuff in the field as they were at blowing it apart, and in very short order, they had it operating at an acceptable capacity to make it back to base.

Despite the damage done, there weren't many hard feelings for the Mechanicus forces. Mostly all were just glad to know these skitarii were on their side, as they surely would never want to face them again - and were happy to know, that if ever hostiles did show up, these guys would be fighting along side them!

My opponent (Halsten) was the fellow from the local league that I'm going to be teaming up with for the Battle of the Abyss: Team Apocalypse Event. We'd never actually MET, let alone PLAYED any games before - though I've seen him around (at ToonCon, and the Den) and Facebook was always suggesting him as a friend - as we have a number of mutual friends...

Originally when we set this game up I thought we might try out some of the forces we were going to use in the Battle of the Abyss: Team Apocalypse Event coming up in March.... but we've had some changes in or planned forces. Initially he was going to bring some mechanicus stuff, including a few knights. I was going to bring ONE of the Warhound Titans, the Shadowsword, and a small brigade detachment of Tallarn infantry.... but... then I got a second Warhound Titan... and then a Reaver Titan... and I kind of made a joke about bringing all three and how he'd have 30 Power Level left (from our combined 300!) - just enough to field a Valiant or Castellan knight... But he seems keen to try that out!? I'm not sure how well it's going to do. I think the Titans are a bit over-priced power-level-wise.

Our force will look a little like this:

Adeptus Titanicus Super Heavy Detachment
Reaver Titan - 120 Power Level
Warhound Titan - 75 Power Level
Warhound Titan - 75 Power Level

Aseptus Mechanicus Super Heavy Auxiliary Detachment
Knight Valiant - 30 Power Level

Total: 300 Power Level.

Not sure how that's going to work, as theoretically we're supposed to have out own forces that are no bigger than 150 Power Level...  Might need special permission from the organizers. Hopefully they'll go for it... because... TITANS!!! When, other than an Apocalypse event, am I ever going to get to field them all together.

We're not going to have many command point each - we each get three, and the Adeptus Titanicus Super Heavy Detachment will generate one. Not that I need any, really. There is no Codex for the Adeptus Titanicus, so they don't have any fancy stratagems or anything to actually spend command points on - other than the three basic ones in the rulebook...

Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I have the Reaver Titan on the workbench again... The Space Rats, Blackstone Fortress figures, Grey Knights and other odd and sundry items are all still crowded on there, too... but I have a feeling it will be the Reaver I finish up next...

I was thinking I might try to recruit one of the kids to try playing a quick game to try out one of the Warhound Titans... to match it's Power Level the opposing side will get the Shadowsword, A Tank commander (in a Leman Russ tank), three other Leman Russ tanks, and two scout sentinels... That's a LOT of fire power... I'm curious to see how the Titan holds up against such opposition. Perhaps I'll post a report of how that goes down...

Friday, January 11, 2019

Game Plan 2019 - Part Two

The other week I went over some of my hobby goals for the next year in Game Plan 2019. Since then I have spent much time considering how the heck I'm going to do any of it, let alone all of it!?


WELL! I think I've more or less come up with a plan to make sure we get through most of our Family 10x10 Board Game Challenge AND I get to play the additional games I have in my personal Challenge.

The 10x10 challenge requires playing at least 100 games in the year. Which is about two a week - a little less than two per week, actually. So I figured if we have two designated "Family Game Times" set aside each week, we should easily get through all those games. So we've kind of set aside Friday and Sunday evenings... Now not EVERY Friday and Sunday evening are going to work. This week, Amanda is at a First Aid class this Friday evening.... On Sunday I'll be playing a game of 40K with the fellow I'm going to be teaming up with for the Battle for the Abyss - Team Apocalypse Event.... Other Sundays we have tickets to Persephone Theatre... But there WILL be other times we can play games - and those will make up for any times we miss a Sunday or Friday game - or allow us to play, y'know, OTHER games.

The kids have two weeks off coming up in the next few months - on in February ("midterm break") and one in April ("Spring/Easter Break"). I'm quite certain we'll get some gaming in then!

I have six games on my own x10 Personal Challenge list. One of those is Wrath & Glory. I am currently planning to run a campaign starting in February on alternating Saturday evenings (the Saturdays my friend Bruce ISN'T running his Call of Cthulhu game). by the end of June, I'll have run 10 sessions... Hopefully it will continue past there, but we shall see...

The other five (40K, Kill Team, Coin Games, Eklund Games, and Dan Mercy Games) I plan to play on Saturday afternoons. As there are 52 weeks in the year, and 10x5 games is fifty games... I should be able to get those all played if I can managed to play one (almost) every Saturday - again, it is ridiculous to think I will definitely get to lay EVERY Saturday... but I'm sure I'll be able to make up a few games other times. Some days I'll probably get in a few games (like at the Apocalypse event - there are three rounds - that'll be three of my 40K games done, right there!).

I have made up new Challenge tables - and we've already knocked a few off. I need a place to post them somewhere in the house...


There is an awful lot of things I have that I really want to paint - and I want to paint ALL - RIGHT NOW!!! So I've had to do some prioritizing... For the next two months the main priority should probably finishing up things that I need to complete for scheduled events.

Five weeks from this evening I am running a Kill Team Campaign Weekend. I'm mostly good for miniatures - everyone is bringing their own (though I do have some miniatures my friend John dropped off to paint for his Chaos Cultist Kill Team - they are Space Rats... stay tuned for those!). Mostly I have a bunch of terrain I'd like to get painted up so I can have a half dozen Kill Zones that can be used by all the players. This mostly means finishing up the Mechanicus and Munitorum (and maybe the Wall of Martyrs) - the Imperialis Terrain might be nice, but not a priority as the planet it is taking place on has not been heavily populated for some time...

After that, there is the Battle for the Abyss - Team Apocalypse Event on 2 March 2019. I will probably need to paint up a few more things for that - depending on what I'm going to take for forces (which I'll be working out this weekend) Likely I will need three Tallarn Mortar teams and two more Scout Sentinels. Or... maybe I'll be painting the Reaver Titan... The team is allowed 300 Power Level - each player fielding 150 Power Level.  Each of the Warhound Titans are 75 each (150) and the Reaver Titan is, I think, 120 Power Level... leaving 30 to field... something else. My partner has Imperial Knights, so I think 30 points would allow him to field a Castellan...?

AFTER that is all sorted, I need to focus on Blackstone Fortress - as I would like to get playing that campaign by the end of March... (so much for me knocking off those models over the holidaze and starting the campaign in January! What was I thinking!?)

The rest of the year...? Well, I'll take it as it comes. Generally speaking I'd like to finish off the Valhallans, work on a few more Tallarn, get the Battle sisters done and at least a "Battalion" detachment of Drukhari for Amanda. I also have an Eldar force I've been piecing together over the years (decades!) that really needs to get some paint on it!! Maybe I'll throw some ECW or SYW historical into the mix - to play The Pikeman's Lament or Rebels and Patriots. AS I say, we shall see. After the Battle for the Abyss I will take stock of where things are at, where my interests are, what might have changed and reassess...

Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I am hoping tomorrow I'll get in a game of either Kill Team or 40K - and might find some time to put together a battle report Sunday morning.

After that, I have another 40K game scheduled for Sunday evening. Hopefully I'll get a game report of that posted early next week.

On the workbench, I've been all over the place - prepping and priming newly arrived models (from the spree in December) - including, but not exclusively, the Blackstone Fortress minis, the Reaver Titan, a few Eldar to finally finish up my forces, some more Grey Knights, and a pile of Space Rats.... Who knows what I might actually finish first...? The Space Rats are what I've been working on last, and have kind of jumped to the front of the priority list.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Blackstone Fortress: Ur-Ghuls

I finished up the first four (out of FORTY FOUR!) miniatures from the Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress box.

(And they were the easiest ones, at that!).

I partly did these ones to experiment with how I wanted to do the bases. I spent an inordinate amount of time cutting jagged little triangle out of plasticard and layering them up on the bases - to make it look like an uneven floor covered with shattered bits of the fortress - but then I painted the whole mess black and also added a small amount of gravel (which was painted purple and blue) and then painted some light blue and violet lines on triangle plasticard bits on the bases - to try and match the game boards... Now I'm not really sure the layered plasticard is even going to be noticed...

Ah, well... maybe I'll be able to simplify the process, if they're not going to be noticeable anyway!

Ur-Ghul - from Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress by Games Workshop.

These are denizens of the Blackstone Fortress - they have no eyes and hunt by small and sound! the Drukhari also make use of them.

Perhaps I'll work on one of the heroes next... then another of the villains....?

Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Lots of stuff on the workbench at the moment - all the Blackstone Fortress minis, a squad of Tallarn Mortar teams, a Grey Knight Strike Squad and Castellan Crowe, and other odd and assorted minis - mostly imperial things (and maybe a couple Eldar)

Haven't even started prepping the Reaver Titan, but it's high on my agenda.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Game Plan 2019

Having had a quick look back at 2018, it's time to make some plans for 2019. Now, these aren't written in stone plans... they're kind of like the Pirates Code: "They're more like... 'guidelines'".

Board Games


First off, last years challenge was ill-defined and we just picked games we wanted to play and didn't really consult the rest of the family and it ended up being a mix of games I wanted to play with the family and games I wanted to play, but probably not with the family... so I'm kind of separating things into two separate challenges...

10x10 Family challenge

These are 10 games we've agreed to as a family to play TOGETHER at least TEN times in the next year:

Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress
Terraforming Mars
Century: Golem Edition
Castles of Burgundy
Shadowrun: Crossfire
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Race for the Galaxy
Power Grid Deluxe

Personal Challenges

These are a few more boardgames I'D like to play over the next year - some I might play with the family, others I might play with others...

10x GMT COIN Series games - not any one specific game, I'd just like to play 10 of them. Ideally I'd like to play the ones that I OWN a few times (A Distant Plain and Fire in the Lake). This might be expanded into just "GMT games" as I wouldn't mid playing Twilight Struggle and Labyrinth again as well... and, to be honest, ten COIN games might be a bit much...

10x Phil Eklund Games - not going to say which ones. I have a lot of them. I love them. Didn't get to play ANY last year. This could be High Frontier, Bios: Genesis, Bios: Origins, Bios: Megafauna, Pax Porfiriana, Pax Pamir, Pax Renaissance, Pax: Transhumanity (which is actually Matt Eklund... but whatevs...), or any other game designed by Phil Eklund.

Board Game Afternoons 

I used to organize board game afternoons on Saturdays - to play some of the longer games I have. That kind of fell by the wayside last year. I'd like to get it going again! Or maybe Sundays...?


We'll be going to ToonCon. I'll be running a game there. Couldn't say what that would be yet. If I had to decide TODAY...? I might say Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress... but it's a long way off, so...

Miniature Games

I'd like to PLAY some 40K.... and Kill Team... a lot of the games I logged last year were games that I organized and ran for other people - mostly the kids and their friends... I want to push toys around and roll the dice myself a little more often. I could probably add that to the challenges; 10x Kill Team and 10X 40K!

I'd like to run a campaign of Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress...? I mean, it's on the 10x10 list... Is it a board game or is it a miniature game...?

I would like to get some OTHER games on the tabletop this year - it would be nice to revisit a few of the Andrea Sfiligoi/Ganesha Games (Song of Blades and Heroes). I'm also pretty excited about the release of Rebels and Patriots - now just about all my favourite periods are covered by a Dan Mercy/Michael Leck game...

Game Weekend

There will probably be a campaign weekend in February. It will likely be Kill Team.

Role-playing Games

I'm pretty super-excited about the Call of Cthulhu game my friend Bruce is planning to run in the new year. It's going to be set in Arkham in 1928. I'm playing a professor of geology at Miskatonic - I'll have a completely separate post about that - once I've finished working out my character.

I'm also really excited to run a game of Wrath & Glory... or two... I'd love to run and "only War" campaign - Tier One - all the characters are Imperial Guard soldiers. I'm also enchanted by the idea of running an Inquisitorial campaign.

It would be nice if we could continue playing a campaign that Finnegan runs. The Star Wars Edge of Empire games were fun - and so was the Dungeon Crawl Classics game he ran earlier in the year.

The Girl says she'd like to run a role-playing game too!

Not sure where we'll find the time for all this - but hopefully we'll all get a chance to play and run a few games!


I'm planning to seriously cut back on the buying of miniatures and try to focus on getting paint on the stuff that I ALREADY HAVE!? Seriously, I WAY overspent my budget last year. Austerity measures will be put in place!

My first priorities are finishing up the Rogue Trader and Blackstone fortress miniatures - so I can get playing those games! After that, I'd like to focus on finishing up the Tallarn and Valhallan Astra Militarum forces I have - and maybe getting to work on all the Eldar I've collected up over the years. I would also like to finish up Amanda's Battle Sisters and get at least a battalion detachment of her Drukhari finished up. In addition to 40K armies, I have a LOT of 40K terrain - mostly picked up as part of Kill Zones boxes of Kill Team that I'd really like to finish up!

There are a few things I MIGHT pick up - if they actually come out! If there was an Inquisition expansion for Kill Team - like the Rogue Trader one - with a bunch of new minis including and inquisitor and acolytes and other stuff - I would totally be in for that. I can't even imagine what other Kill Team expansions or Kill Zones they might come out with - so far it's been mostly repackaged stuff that they already have... I'm curious to see how much more totally new stuff they might come out with...? Not saying I'm going to pick any of it up (other than an Inquisitor set) but I'm curious to see what this next year holds.

Games Workshop has been rebooting a lot of their old specialist games of the last few years - Blood Bowl, Necromunda, and most recently Adeptus Titanicus. I'm not going to get into any of those. I already have a TONNE of stuff for both Blood bowl and Epic. (I'll admit Necromunda is tempting... at least I could now just buy the rulebook and play with the stuff I already have). The one game I would probably get into if they rereleased it (and I kind of hope they do) is Battlefleet Gothic!

In terms of NON-GW/40K stuff, I would like to paint up a couple of companies for Rebels and Patriots (British and French for the Seven Years War). I have a hankering to paint up a few more ECW units for The Pikeman's Lament and a couple Dwarf units for Dragon Rampant.

We did also back the Hellboy Kickstarter (another game that kind of blurs the line between boardgame and miniature game...), though Amanda said it should be set aside and be a collective Xmas gift for the family - and we're going to play it over the holidaze next winter (though I am allowed to open it up and take a few miniatures out to paint them when it arrives - so that they are hopefully all painted by December for us to play with them!!)

Oh, and there's those Mice & Mystics figures I still haven't painted...

The War Room

I was supposed to clean out and renovate the basement games room this fall/winter. There was little movement on that project until the Holidaze. Things will move forward a little more quickly in the new year. Not sure if it will be done in time for the Game Weekend in February... but hopefully some time before the summer!

I do realize this is a LOT of stuff I'm planning... and there is no way we're going to get to do ALL of it... but, dag-nabbit, we're going to have some fun TRYING!

Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog: 

Ummmmm....? There are Blackstone Fortress and Grey Knight miniatures on the workbench - could be any of those... 

Hopefully we'll start seeing some miniature game reports going on here again. 

I think I am going to do a little post about my Call of Cthulhu character for the new campaign starting soon, as I've been having a lot of fun working out the background for him. 

Looking Back at 2018

Let's have a brief look back at 2018. It's a thing I seem to do every year...

Looking at the Game Plan 2018, I feel like I accomplished some of my goals... some of those goals shifted a bit... and I did a lot of other stuff I hadn't planned on doing at the beginning of the year.

Board Games - 25x5


We played some of those... others.... not-so-much...

Part of the problem was it was sort of a personal challenge, and sort of a family challenge... I mostly counted games I played - so those two COIN games - those were games I played with other people, no one else in the family played with us. Also I wasn't keeping track of games the kids played on their own or with others. We played one game of Sentinels of the Multiverse together, but Finnegan played scores of games on his own.

Despite not succeeding in playing all the games in our challenge, we did still play a LOT of games! According to Board Game Geek we played:

Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team x29
Shadow War: Armageddon x24
Century: Golem Edition x21
Warhammer 40,000 (Eighth Edition) x21
Retro Loonacy x19
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle x16
Splendor x13
Carcassonne x10
Century: Spice Road x7
Kingdomino x7
Railways of the World x6
SET x6
Space Hulk (fourth edition) x6
Codenames: Harry Potter x5
Dominion x5
Five Tribes x5
London (first edition) x5
Viticulture Essential Edition x5
7 Wonders x4
Flamme Rouge x4
Just Desserts x4
Numenera x4
Rogue Trader x4
Wrath & Glory x3
Hero Realms x3
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game x3
Lords of Waterdeep x3
The Pikeman's Lament x3
Arkham Horror x2
Bananagrams x2
The Castles of Burgundy x2
Castles of Mad King Ludwig x2
Codenames: Pictures x2
Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board Game x2
Exploding Kittens x2
For Sale x2
Kingdom Builder x2
Marrying Mr. Darcy x2
Race for the Galaxy x2
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire x2
Terraforming Mars x2
Unstable Unicorns x2
Agricola x1
Angola x1
Azul x1
Bohnanza x1
Century: Eastern Wonders x1
Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954-62 x1
Condottiere x1
Cthulhu Flux x1
Cthulhu Realms x1
Deluxe Weed! x1
Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game x1
Fearsome Floors x1
Firefly: The Game x1
Flash Point: Fire Rescue x1
Fresco x1
The Hanging Gardens x1
Love Letter x1
Monarch x1
Mysterium x1
Nations x1
Nations: The Dice Game x1
Nature Flux x1
Nautilus x1
O Zoo le Mio x1
Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain x1
Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game x1
Samarkand: Routes to Riches x1
Samurai Sword x1
Sentinels of the Multiverse x1
Spoons x1
Stone Age x1
A Study in Emerald (second edition) x1
Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King x1
Tales from the Loop x1
Virulence: An Infectious Card Game x1

That's a lot of games. (Okay, I didn't personally play 29 games of Kill Team or 24 games of Shadow War: Armageddon or 21 games of 40K - those also included games played by family and friends that were arranged and orchestrated and game mastered by me...).

So I guess we can say: Games were played. We had fun.

I am going to have a challenge of sorts for next year, but it will be a bit different.

Miniature Games

We played a LOT of 40k (and Shadow War: Armageddon and Kill Team and Space Hulk)... not a lot else. I did get in three games of The Pikeman's Lament, I guess. No Dragon Rampant, no Song of Blades and Heroes...

Role-Playing Games

I finished off the Tales from the Loop campaign I'd started at the end of 2017. I tried to get a game of Rogue Trader going... but it fizzled and died. I gave Numenera a try, but just couldn't get into it and quit. I was super stoked about Wrath & Glory - picked up the quick-start rules and introductory adventure on Free RPG Day and ran that, but despite the core rule book being available at GenCon in August, they still haven't made it into stores...

Next year is looking a bit more promising - my friend Bruce is planning to run a Call of Cthulhu game and I will definitely be running some Wrath & Glory!

Saturday Games

Didn't really happen... at the beginning of the year I was suffering from chronic migraines and just was not in any state to be reading and learning new board games and it took all my energy just to get stuff ready for the Shadow War: Armageddon Campaign weekend.... and we just kind of fell out of the habit... Hoping to bring that back in the new year!


Oh, I went to ToonCon! and I ran a game of Kill Team there!


Either I wasn't updating my numbers or it was a slow year... only painted 235 28mm foot (I know, I know, it's more than a lot of you paint... but it's slow for me). I did get done about half of the stuff I planned to do at the beginning of the year. And I managed to get a lot of other stuff I DIDN'T plan to do at the beginning of the year.

Stuff I did get done:
John’s Shadespire Miniatures - Core Box, Sepulchral Guard, and Ironskull's Boyz
Tallarn Veteran Infantry Squad
Tallarn Infantry Squad x3
Tallarn Special Weapon Squads x2
Tallarn Roughrider Squad
Tau Kill Team
Tallarn Leman Russ Punisher Tank
Tallarn Leman Russ Vanquisher Tank
Tallarn Leman Russ Demolisher Tank
Tallarn other Leman Russ Battle Tanks
Tallarn Leman Russ Battle Tank
Tallarn Commander x2
Tallarn Command Squad x2
Tallarn Heavy Weapon squad
Chaos Kill Team (3 Chaos Space Marines and 10 Cultists)
Space Hulk Terminators
Space Hulk Genestealers
Imperial Arvus Lighter
ECW Highland Clansmen
ECWHighland Commanded Shot (6)

Stuff I planned to get done, but didn't... 
Tallarn Roughrider Squad x2
Tallarn Heavy Weapon squad x10
Tallarn Special Weapon Squad
Tallarn Scout Sentinel x2
Primaris Psyker x2
Tallarn Platoon Commander + Command Squad x2
Tallarn Infantry Squad x9
Tallarn Basilisk
ECW Dragoons x2
ECW Irish Pike
ECW Irish Shot
Highland Clansmen x2
ECW English Pike x3
ECW English Shot x2
ECW Mortar and Crew x2
ECW Horse

Other Things I ended up doing as well...
40K/Rogue Trader Characters: 7
40K - Eldar: 12
40K - Sisters of Battle: 14
40K - Adeptus Arbites: 12
40K - Drukhari: 11
40K - Genestealers: 8
40K - Astra Militarum Cadians: 19
40K - Astra Militarum Valhallans: 7
40K - Space Marines: 1
40K - Mechanicus: 17
40K - Rogue Trader: Gellerpox Infected: 8
Seven Years War - British: 14

Modern Micro - British: 17 Vehicles, 36 foot

40K - Sector Mechanicus - lots
40K - Sector Munitorum - lots
40K - Deathward Forest - all of it
40K - Wall of Martyrs - lots

I got rid of most of my 15mm WW2 stuff. More of it will be heading out the door this week.

Not bad... I totally failed to paint more than I bought. I blame Paul. Over half of the stuff I bought this year was stuff he was getting rid of... This coming year, I will be buying less and trying to finish off all the stuff I planned to paint last year... plus all the stuff I bought this year and didn't paint... AND maybe make a bit of a dent in the lead mountain...

Anyway... I did stuff... It was (mostly) fun... Looking forward to 2019.

Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Game Plan 2019

MORE Grey Knights

Blackstone Fortress Figures!